Irene Smith Wade

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Bangor and Conn. - Irene Smith Wade, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 15, 2018. She was undoubtedly welcomed "home" by her predeceased husband, Orrin F. Wade of 59 years, with a big smile and bear hug after waiting ten years to be reunited. Irene was born on July 1, 1925, in Charleston, Maine, the daughter of the late Lewis L. Smith and Helen (Skinner) Smith.
She was predeceased by sisters, Berdena Strout, and Glennyse Legeza, and brothers, Lewis L. Smith Jr., and Donald Smith. She is survived by three sisters, Shirley Clark, Barbara Whitehead, and Virginia Bryer; three brothers, Norman Smith, Albert Smith, and Sheldon Smith; daughter, Narda Wade Allen; son, Kent F. Wade; granddaughter, Amanda Collazo; and two great-grandsons, David Collazo Jr. and Andrew Joel Collazo; plus nieces and nephews.
Irene made roots in Connecticut for the past 57 years residing in Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Shelton. She was a gentle, kind and generous lady whose beautiful blue eyes twinkled when she smiled. Besides family and friends, she will leave her memory with those whose lives she touched throughout her 35 years of employment at Woolworth Co.; being a member of the First Congregational Church of Derby; she enjoyed doing crafts, sewing, various needlework, quilting, and baking, contributing these items to her church fairs and making sure all her family received gifts of her creations. Together with her husband, they would always welcome and help out the children within the community and at their apartment complex.
A memorial service will be held 3 pm. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, ME, with Pastor Mark Arnold of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Exeter officiating. Family and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at The Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St, Bangor following the service.
Those who would like to remember Irene in a special way may make a memorial contribution
to an organization that benefits children such as Make a Wish Foundation,66 Mussey Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1195 Stetson Road, Exeter, Maine 04435.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on December 21, 2018
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